Justin Bieber Tour Offers Selfies For Two Grand
For those of you who thought back in May of 2009 that we’d be saying “Justin Who?” in ten years, you might want to start inventing some excuses as to why you got it so wrong.
Sure, we still have more than three years left in your imaginary epoch, but the way Justin Bieber is going, and the amount of air time he’s been getting, the singing sensation will have to go out of his way to be irrelevant come the spring of 2019.
In other words, “Bieber Fever” is far from being over.
Is he still a teeny bopper?
Well, his recent collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo earned him some serious (and much needed) street cred.
He has made successful appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Bieber has been interviewing quite well as of late.
Bieber’s last two singles, “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry,” peaked at number one and number two respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.
Justin Bieber vs. One Direction
His latest, and fourth, studio album, Purpose, dropped Nov. 13. Industry insiders think it will beat out One Direction’s Made in the A.M., which was also released on the aforementioned date.
Projections have Bieber moving 550,000 units with 100,000 coming from online sources. One Direction is projected to move 475,000 with just 50,000 digital units involved.
If Purpose does debut at number one, it will be Bieber’s sixth album to top the charts.
Justin Bieber Misses Target
Both artists, especially J.B. have been working hard to promote their respective platters. Bieber held five so-called “listening events” where fans could buy tickets that came with free digital copies of Purpose.
Also, Bieber teamed with Lyft (Uber’s main competitor) and 1-800-Flowers for special promotions that involved discounted or free copies of his latest studio offering.
Interestingly, during the first three days of release, Bieber lost the sales battle at both Walmart and Target.
Walmart was so close that if it was a Presidential election there would have been a recount.
Bieber didn’t stand a chance at Target. The retailer had five different covers for the new One Direction album. Thanks to that tactic, 1D outsold JB nearly three to one.
By the way, Taylor Swift 1,287,000 copies of 1989 during its first week of sales. In Bieber and One Direction’s defense, Swift’s main competition consisted of Danity Kane and Rancid.
Justin Bieber Is Top Artist… Finally
Bieber also topped the Billboard Artist 100 chart. This is a list Billboard has put together that looks at an artist’s sales (at brick-and-mortar stores and online), radio airplay, and social media activity.
Amazingly, Bieber has never topped the Artist 100 (it has only been around since July 2014), although he’s been on it since its inception.
Taylor Swift has topped the charts several times for a total of 31 weeks.
Justin Bieber Tour
To promote “Purpose,” Biebs is hitting the road.
He’ll perform 58 concerts all over North America. His tour begins March 9 in Seattle, Washington and concludes July 18 in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
Look for Bieber concerts in Las Vegas on March 25, Denver on April 4, Rosemont (Chicago) on April 22, and Brooklyn on May 4 and May 5.
Also on the docket, are two Justin Bieber performances in Los Angeles—one on March 20 and the other on March 21. Both are scheduled at Staples Center.
Justin Bieber Past Tours
His upcoming “Purpose World Tour” will be the singer’s third major road trip.
His first, “My World Tour,” began in June of 2010 and wrapped in October of 2011. In total, Bieber performed 127 shows and grossed more than $53 million.
“The Believe Tour” spanned 162 shows and grossed in excess of $209 million. The tour’s first concert was Sept. 29, 2012 and its last was Dec. 8, 2013.
Combined, Justin Bieber tickets have been collected at 289 concerts and raked in more than $262 million.
When Justin Bieber begins his 2016 “Purpose Tour” he’ll be just 22.
Justin Bieber Selfie
There’s another reason why Bieber looks like he’s here to stay. In fact, there are 2,000 reasons.
Fans can purchase three different VIP experiences during the “Purpose Tour.” The one that’s getting the most attention is the ultimate experience or the one worth $2,000.
“Where Are You Now” Package
>>Premium merchandize package
>>Entrance through VIP door
>>Plaque to commemorate the event
>>Digital copy of Purpose
“I’ll Show You” Package
>>All the stuff included in the “Where Are You Now” package
>>Meet and greet, but…
>>…fans can only take group photos
Ultimate #Purpose Experience
>>All the stuff included in the above packages
>>A seat in a barricaded section close to the stage
>>Behind the scenes tour
>>Opportunity to take selfie with Justin Bieber
What is really grabbing headlines is the fact that $2,000 will land you the opportunity to take a selfie with Justin Bieber. This has drawn the ire of haters and resentment from fans.
Of course, it’s more immaturity than wisdom that makes a $2,000 Justin Bieber selfie seems “unfair”—a common charge issued by fans. Life is unfair and if Bieber wants to charge $2,000 or $1 million dollars he can (and will).
Reports indicate that there were only 20 Ultimate #Purpose Experience packages available for the entire tour. That seems odd, but they probably weren’t location specific.
If someone in Sacramento wants a $2,000 selfie than Bieber will make sure he/she gets it. If 20 people want a selfie before the Justin Bieber concert in Boston on May 10 or May 11, then the crooner can kill 20 birds with one selfie stick (so to speak).
It’s actually surprising he’s not selling more; that he doesn’t sell 20 ultimate packages to every concert. After all, artists have to do something to counter poor album sales.
Bieber’s 20 Ultimate #Purpose Experience packages will fetch the singer a cool $40,000.
If he sold 20 at every tour stop, Bieber would make an additional $2,320,000 on selfies alone!
Will Justin Bieber Do It For Free?
The question isn’t whether or not $2,000 is too much for a selfie with Justin Bieber. The question is will Justin Bieber ever let anyone take a selfie with him for free?
If I paid $2,000 for a selfie and then learned a bunch of fans got free ones at an airport or night club, I’d be upset.
Granted, it’s unlikely that anyone desiring a selfie with Justin Bieber will ever be able to get close enough to get one—maybe on accident but certainly not on Purpose.
So, unless you have $925 or $2,000 burning a hole in your pocket, the closet you’ll ever get to actually meeting Justin Bieber is attending one of his concerts.
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